If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident and suffered a head injury, you likely know the serious repercussions that can follow. In preparing to file a personal injury claim, you may be wondering, “How much compensation can one get for a head injury?”
What is the Average Compensation for Head Injury Claims?
Personal injury matters can be unpredictable, and lawyers cannot make any guarantees for any given lawsuit. Many different factors that can affect the likelihood of winning a case, settling a claim, or receiving a specific amount of damages. A traumatic brain injury that causes life-long complications has the potential for the greatest damages, owing to the severity of the injury and resulting medical needs. However, even a case involving a severe injury requires proof of some form of wrongdoing by the defendant that caused the injury at issue. As a result, averages that can be pinpointed for head injury compensation payouts may not be particularly instructive.
What Can Impact the Payout Amount in a Head Injury Case?
There are several factors that can influence the total amount of damages that might be received in a head injury case. For example:
- Whether the head injury involved the brain, or whether only the skull was impacted
- Whether the traumatic brain injury will have a long-lasting impact
- The costs of medical treatment, imaging, prescriptions, therapy, and rehabilitation
- The length of time it will take to recuperate
- Whether the responsible party is willing to negotiate, admit fault, and settle the claim
- Whether work was missed as a result of your head injury
- The strength of the evidence, which may include medical records, witness statements, and/or other proof of liability and damages
- The applicable laws that are involved in the case
- The specific facts of the case, and the circumstances that led up to the injury
The above factors can serve to either increase or decrease total damages, depending on their relation to the case, and they will be carefully considered by the insurance company during negotiations and the jury or judge if your case needs to go to trial.
What Is The Legal Process of a Head Injury Case?
Generally, a head injury case begins by filing a claim in the appropriate court against the party you wish to hold responsible for the accident that led to the injury. Head injuries happen for many reasons: car accidents, medical malpractice, and falls are just some examples. A personal injury lawsuit is designed to compensate the victim of a head injury for the expenses they have incurred as a result of their accident.
Bringing a claim for a head injury means you will need to establish both liability—that the other party was at fault, directly causing your head injuries with their negligent actions—and damages, which are the monetary measures for the injuries you have suffered. The damages assessed in a head injury case can include medical expenses, rehabilitative costs, missed time at work, pain and suffering, and a general decrease in the quality of your life, among others.
Head injury cases can be incredibly complex, and consulting with a knowledgeable and experienced attorney is essential. They can advise you about your legal rights and options, and discuss with you the best steps to take in your unique case. They will communicate and negotiate with the other party and their insurance company towards a fair and reasonable settlement. If a settlement does not result, they will represent you in court, building a strong case based on the evidence of your serious injury.
How Can JJS Help?
For over 40 years, the personal injury lawyers at Janet, Janet & Suggs have been fighting for the rights of clients who were harmed by the negligence of others. They have recovered significant verdicts and settlements on behalf of their clients, including helping with many head injury claims. When working with JJS, you can trust that they will put your best interests first throughout every step of the process. They are committed to making sure your rights are protected, and that you get the justice and compensation you deserve.
If you have suffered a serious head injury due to another party’s negligent actions, do not hesitate to contact the personal injury attorneys at JJS to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.